Tehelka Exclusive: Bengaluru terror arrest FIR reveals sinister plot
Abdul Hakeem Jamadar reveals plans to assassinate prominent legislators, religious leaders, and columnists
Tehelka has managed to access the details of the First Information Report (FIR) and confession statement of Abdul Hakeem Jamadar, one of the 12 arrested recently by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bangalore police. It is alleged that those arrested are involved in a conspiracy to assassinate prominent legislators, leaders of Hindu organisations, and several noted Kannada columnists.
According to the details of the confession statement of Abdul Hakeem Jamadar (B.Com) accessed exclusively by Tehelka, for the past four months he has been working as account officer at NGR enterprises, Bangalore. During his stay at Marappa Garden he came in contact with Shaoib Mirza a final year MCA student at Al Ameen College, Lalbagh. Both hailed from Hubli and were regulars at local mosque and attended religious lectures and seminars. During one such gathering, they came in contact with Zakir alias Ustad and were impressed by his religious outlook and learning. “Zakir used to conduct classes in which he used to highlight the problems and sufferings faced by Muslims, and exhorted us to wage jihad. Zakir instigated us to kill columnist Pratap Simha of the right-wing newspaper Kannda Prabha and its editor Vishweshwar Bhat for their biased articles towards Islam and Muslims,” stated the confessional.
According to Jamadar’s statement, Zakir also wanted them to target Hubli Bajrang Dal leader Ganu Jartarkar. Zakir reportedly introduced them to MD Akram alias Khalid alias Imran from Nanded Maharashtra.
In his confession statement, Abdul Hakeem Jamadar further says that, he and Dr Zafar visited Iran on an Indian passport after obtaining a one-month visa. From Iran they entered Pakistan illegally. In Pakistan they met ISI officers Abdul Wahab, Deputy Director of ISI Karachi, Hamid senior Director of ISI Karachi and Mustafa senior officer of ISI Karachi.
The details of the FIR filed by the local police shows a sinister and dangerous plot on the part of the accused. According to the FIR, on 26th August 2012 10 am the investigating officer ACP KN Jithendranath of CCB, received information that some members of the banned Pakistan-based terror organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) were hiding near Marappa Garden of JC Nagar area and were moving in and around areas of Basaveshwaranagar, Shankarmutt, Cunningham road, Queen’s road, and JC Nagar in a stolen bike bearing registration number KA-27-E-1035.
After receiving information, a joint team of Bangalore and Hubli (460 km from Bangalore) police was constituted to nab the conspirators before they could execute their sinister plan. The Bangalore team comprised of inspectors NH Ramachandraiah, BR Venugopal, BN Srinivas, KM Ramesha and Anand D Kabburi; whereas, the Hubli team was headed by inspector NB Sakri.
After three days of gathering intelligence, the teams met at Jithendranth’s office at around 8am on 29August along with two police witnesses. Details gathered in the past three days had indicated that a likely attack was going to take place on local Kannada daily columnist Pratap Simha. The team arranged two vehicles (KA-01-MH-4480 and 4481) and left city crime branch office at 9am.
The team then proceeded towards Basaveshwarnagar area as intelligence inputs gathered showed that two motorcycle riding terrorists were likely to attack Simha at his friend’s residence near Shankarmutt , where Simha used to visit regularly. The police team had set up surveillance and laid a trap around the house, where Simha was expected to visit that day.
The report further says: “At around 12.30pm the team spotted Abdul Hakeem Jamadar and Shoaib Ahmed Mirza on a stolen Hero Honda Splendor bearing registration number KA-27-E-1035”. As the two suspects moved towards the house, inspector BR Venugopal and his team surrounded them. Pillion rider Shoaib Mirza took out his Italian made 7.65 mm ‘Petroo and Beretta’ pistol and aimed at the cops. According to the documents, Jithendranath pounced on Shoaib and stopped him from firing. Both Shoaib and Abdul Hakeem were taken into custody. The team seized the pistol along with seven live rounds, mobile phone, ATM card, wallet containing Rs. 1100, jehadi literature and a pen drive containing articles of Pratap Simha and a photo of Pratap Simha with Narendra Modi.
Based on the information received from the two arrested, the report says, the police team then proceeded towards JC Nagar area to arrest the other accomplices. At around 3.30 pm journalist Muthi ur Rehman Siddique, Reyaz Ahmed, Muhammed Yusuf Nalabund and DRDO engineer Aijaz Ahmed Mirza, elder brother of Shoaib Mirza were arrested.
However, contrary to the FIR report, a missing complaint filed by residents of JC Nagar area says that the accused were picked up by the police at around 9am.
The police team then took the accused to Basaveshwarangar police station and booked them under IPC section 120(B), 121, 121(A), 122, 123, 153(A) (B), 307 and 379. Arms Act 1959 section (3) and (25). Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 section (10, 12, 13,15,16,18 and 20).
The accused were produced at around 10,30pm in front of a magistrate. They were remanded to 15 days of police custody. Similarly, Obaidullah Bahaddur alias Imran, Waheed Hussain alias Sohail, Dr Zafar Iqbal Sholapuri alias Zakir, Muhammed Sadiq Lashkar alias Raju and Babu alias Mehboob were arrested from Hubli, and were produced before a magistrate on Friday 31 August at around 4pm in Bangalore; they too were later remanded to 15 days of police custody.
Imran Khan is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.